City Park Challenges


Trail Challenges

Walking Trails Roam the popular historic park along several measured courses. If you would like to reference the in-park signage of this trail and others, begin this loop at the info kiosk at the center of the park- where the bridge from Virginia Avenue entrance leads, also adjacent to the concession stand, south playground area, the public restrooms, and the Mansion House is visible from this map’s location!

Click the picture to see the trail challenges!

Paddle Away! 

Join us for a Paddle Boat ride on City Park Lake!  In partnership with River & Trail Outfitters, float away on a Paddle Boat, Kayak or a Canoe, and enjoy a beautiful afternoon like never before! $5/pp for a 30-minute ride, ages 5+.

2019 Paddleboat dates:

This is a once in a lifetime experience – Paddle Boats, Kayaks and Canoes have never been allowed on the lake before! Watching your boat move through the water by your own effort is enjoyable.  Spending time under the sky, on the water, watching the colors of the blues, the greens, the grays, and the browns is enjoyable.  Getting this kind of exercise is going to make anybody feel better! 

Full Steam Ahead

Visit the Hager House and Railroad Museums in City Park.  Start at either Museum and walk to the next one…and then walk back!  Parks Fitness Challengers receive a free tour of both facilities!

A pleasant walk along the top portion of the Heyser Walk, you will get in a mile, while learning about Hagerstown's rich history!

A Game For Everyone

The Challenge
Challenge a friend to a match of Pickeball at City Park.

What is Pickleball
Pickleball is played on a tennis court, join this new craze – a game combining elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis that uses a ball similar to a wiffle ball.

Where is the Court
You can find it at the north end of City park, right between the Railroad Museum and Hager House.

Why Play
“Playing Pickleball can boost your mood and overall mental health, you burn calories, and fewer injuries occur due to the low impact nature of the game. Pickleball specifically works on your balance and agility while it also offers the same benefits of other regular exercise. These include reducing your risk of heart attack and chronic disease, toning your muscles and increasing your energy.” – HealthBeat

How to play


Stairway to Heaven

The Challenge
Walk up and down the steps at City Park by the Band Shell.  Make it a goal to walk up and down the stairs building up to a total 20 minutes. This can be done sporadically over the course of the Parks Fitness Challenge.  Although, make sure you are fine to attempt this kind of activity before trying it. Start off the first time doing a few minutes each day and build up.

Walking up the stairs, even at a slower pace, burns calories three times faster than when walking at a faster speed on a normal surface. 85 total steps on this City Park stair case!

Located near the band shell, the enormous set of steps leads to Highland Avenue – offering landings to stop and take in the view.

Make it more Challenging
Add weights!

Relax & Meditate

The Challenge
Bring a book, relax and meditate at the cove in City Park. The cove on the south side of the large lake offers you serenity, a great place to take your favorite book.

It all comes back to stress! Taking a moment to relax can help reduce stress to protect your heart, help make better decisions, and have a better outlook on life!  Meditation can help you become a healthier person by reducing blood pressure, anxiety and depression.  Meditation is often overlooked as a genuine way to improve the quality of life. 

Beginners Meditation

How do you play?

Travel The World

The Challenge
Find the five geocaches located around City Park! 

What is Geocaching
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Geocaching can help give an improved health status and fewer days of poor mental and physical health than a comparative sample. It has shown to be an effective nontraditional method of physical activity for any age!

Cache locations
GC5KMBT - CPG - Hager House & Museum [link](
GC5KMC0 - CPG - Wash. County Museum of Fine Arts [link](
GC5KMC5 - CPG - Peter Buys Band Shell [link](
GC5KMC9 - CPG - Mansion House Art Center [link](
GC5KMCE - CPG - Hagerstown Railroad Museum & Engine 202 [link](

Evening at the Park

What is the Challenge
City Park is home to many great performances during the summer season.  Plan an evening at the Park that will include walking, a picnic (plan for healthy foods and bring water), the playground (for the kids or kid at heart), and free entertainment at the band shell.  Park your car at the Fine Arts Parking Lot to get in some extra steps as you make your way to the band shell.  There isn't a better way to spend a summer evening!   

The Peter Buys Band Shell is the home to many great performances throughout the year.

See all of the performances here!
Outdoor Movies at City Park
Music By the Lake
Hagerstown Municpal Band

Make it more challenging
Incorporate one of the four walking trails designated at City Park! 

Waddle Baby

The Challenge
Take a walk and visit with the ducks and swans at City Park.

Keep the Ducks Safe
Ducks can’t be fed bread, it will hurt them! Instead stop by our City Park Concessionaire and purchase duck food that is safe for our fine feathered friends. Please help us keep the animals safe by refraining from feeding them bread. Instead feed them: cracked corn (available for purchase at City Park concession stand), frozen peas (defrosted), grapes (cut in half), rice, oats, or birdseed.

The park offers the opportunity to view and feed the large population of swans, ducks, and geese as well as the fish that cruise the lake. Reducing stress has many positive effects on the body, take a break and enjoy the moment. 

Bird Watching in the Park

The Challenge
See how many kinds of birds you can find!

Take it further
Hear them; see them; know them! Learn to identify by sight and sound some of the many bird species that inhabit our urban parks. “Bird Watching Walks” are a free service, provided in partnership with the Washington County Bird Club. No previous experience required, all ages are welcome. 

“Bird Walks” in Hagerstown City Park begin at the Jonathan Hager House Museum parking lot (located at 110 Key Street). Bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. Bird Walks begin at 8:00 a.m. and last about an hour.

Reduce your stress. Take a look at the world from a different perspective. View nature using more than just your sense of sight, and witness the parks’ most melodic inhabitants in a new light. To view a complete listing of “Bird Watching Walks” in various City of Hagerstown parks, visit:

Dynamic Warm-Up

The Challenge
Warm-up before you walk or jog!  This challenge will enhance your walking or running programs.  Dynamic means movement is involved versus static stretching.  Do leg lunges and body weight squats with the help of a picnic table (or park bench), working all major muscle groups in your body and stretching your hips.  These warm-up moves focus on problem areas for walkers and runners to stretch your body before your exercise routine.  Overall helping your performance and reducing injury! 

Park Bench Workout

The Challenge
Turn an ordinary park bench into a total body workout!  Work major muscle groups including your core.  You can make it as challenging as you like – beginners to move advanced.  Exercise moves include bench push-ups for upper body, bench planks to work your core, and leg squats to work your lower body and help with balance. 

You can turn your next visit to the park to a workout!  While the kids play on the playground, burn calories and get a great workout!  

Swing Away

The Challenge
Turn an ordinary swing set into a total body workout and burn calories!  Work every major muscle group and your core! All fitness levels can participate!  Use the swing to do push-ups, tricep extensions, bicep curls, core roll-outs, leg squats, and reverse lunges. Swinging on a swing is great fun and a way to burn 200 calories for every hour spent enjoying yourself. We are never too old for a good old fashion swing!

You can turn your next visit to the park to a workout!  While the kids play on the playground, burn calories and get a great workout!  

Step Around In Time

The Challenge
The most historic patent that is now Hagerstown City Park is the original 18th century home of town founder, at the Jonathan Hager House Museum. Start there and work your way around the park between four historic sites and museums, and four historically themed walking trails. Along the way, discover 10 different plaques highlighting the rich history in City Park. Can you find them all?

Putting in the steps to find all these plaques will be all the workout you need!

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